Last weekend I went to Beauty Bloggers Utopia, which brought together 30 Australian beauty bloggers for a weekend of delicious food, inspiring talks and more make-up than you can shake a kabuki brush at. Naturally the thing I was most excited about was the nail art workshop hosted by Darling, scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Predictable, moi?
I had a mild moment of panic when I saw a tower of cups lined up. Immediate thought: water marbling, FFFUUUUUU-! Luckily for me (AND EVERYONE ELSE), it turned out to be a water decal workshop. Phew! (Trust me, if you haven’t tried it, water marbling is not to be taken lightly. Allocate 5 hours at least.)
Darling is an Australian nail polish brand which launched late last year. They have a range of gorgeous 5-free lacquers with excellent, creamy formulas. I’ve had the privilege of trying out a bunch and they’re super gorgeous (I’ll be showing some nail art I did on Polish or Perish next week), but today I’ll be featuring a sneak peek of their upcoming Art Class water decal range. These are the cutest ones in my opinion, and very, very necessary – baked goods:
I’m currently on a low-carb diet, so looking at my nails is incredible torture! The polishes I used for the dot designs around the decals are Darling Hopelessly Devoted (pink) and Butter Wouldn’t Melt (yellow), and ulta3 Corsican Rose (green) and Soft Hydrangea (blue).
And here’s the design I created during the workshop, on a base of Darling Sage Advice, a colour I’ve been lemming for ages:
I’ve actually had a bunch of other water decals sitting around in my room for a while – I’d been too scared to try them. But it turns out that they’re a piece of cake:*
- Cut out designs with scissors or a Stanley knife. Leave as small a gap as possible around the design, but don’t worry too much – the white space ends up clear.
- Paint your nails, let them dry. If your nails are completely dry, moving the decal around on top later will be a lot easier.
- Tweeze a decal (you know what I mean). Dip it in water for 30 sec (I only needed 15 seconds for the smaller cupcake designs).
- Grip it gently between your fingers and slide the decal off. It should end up on your finger.
- Place it on your nail. Gently slide it around to where you want it. Don’t slide it around too much, especially if your polish is still a bit wet – the decal will crack like a shoddy temporary tattoo on an excited child. Pat it to flatten and get rid of bubbles and wrinkles.
- Admire. Cover with topcoat. Appreciate how quick and painless the whole process was. Stick them in everyone’s faces.
I’m really impressed with how quickly it is to create impressive nail art with water decals! I haven’t tried any other brands yet to be able to make a real comparison, but I’m inspired to try out the decals lying in my nail art box soon!
Here are some pics from the BBU nail art workshop:
Have you tried water decals? Are they the future of nail art?
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